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Forest Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Forest Park showing flowers, a garden and modern architecture

Nature, history and cultural institutions come together in one of the United States’ largest urban parks, which buzzes with St. Louis’ dynamic community spirit. 

Get to the heart of St. Louis life by setting aside at least a day to explore Forest Park. Across about 1,300 acres (530 hectares), this vast green space incorporates a wide range of environments, including forests, creeks and lakes. Use the great sports facilities by coming ready to fish, golf, play tennis or play baseball. Reserve time to see the many famous St. Louis cultural attractions here too, some of which are housed in beautiful historic buildings.

Look for history everywhere you go as you wander the park. It opened its gates in 1876 and attracted over 20 million people in 1904 when it hosted the St. Louis World’s Fair. Since then, its significance has only increased, as several important buildings have sprung up within its boundaries.

Travel the world through art as you explore the many galleries of the sprawling St. Louis Art Museum. The collections within this grand turn-of-the-century building span the continents. Afterward, learn about Missouri’s fascinating past at the Missouri History Museum. See exhibits on topics such as the state’s civil rights struggle, St. Louis’ changing neighborhoods and the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair.

Bring your children face-to-face with nature at the St. Louis Zoo, which contains hundreds of different species and has a dedicated insectarium, a penguin and puffin area, and much more. Kids will also enjoy the Science Center, which is full of engaging, child-friendly exhibits, including a captivating planetarium.

In the evening, head to the Muny Opera, the largest outdoor musical theater in the U.S. Admire the beautiful setting, which offers the most magical way of seeing live music.

Reach Forest Park easily by car. The surrounding streets are also well served by public transportation. On a sunny day, the appeal of the park’s beautiful expanses of green is obvious. Come here in any weather and you will have a huge array of interesting indoor activities to choose from.

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Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
2.5 out of 5
5650 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥15,380 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
Located in the heart of St. Louis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park and St. Louis Science Center. St. Louis Zoo and Barnes Jewish Hospital ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (971 reviews)
"This property is very close to the zoo."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
4.5 out of 5
212 N Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥19,806 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Central West End, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. St. Louis ...
4.4/5Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Beautiful facility. Great gym, and a wonderful pool. Easy walking distance to restaurants."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
Moonrise Hotel
Moonrise Hotel
4 out of 5
6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥15,635 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, and Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Missouri ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (988 reviews)
"I absolutely loved staying here. I had two cats with me and they provided the cutest little cat kit which included treats, toys, and a litter box. The rooftop bar was also great. Would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Moonrise Hotel
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Plush Living Next to Bjc/zoo/forest Park/washu
Plush Living Next to Bjc/zoo/forest Park/washu
St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥11,108 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Plush Living Next to Bjc/zoo/forest Park/washu
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
4.5 out of 5
212 N Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥19,806 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
Moonrise Hotel
Moonrise Hotel
4 out of 5
6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥15,635 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Moonrise Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
2.5 out of 5
5650 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥15,380 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5510 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
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Mod Apartment Next to Forest Park/bjc/washu
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Mod Apartment Next to Forest Park/bjc/washu
Kasa St. Louis Luxurious 2bd/2ba Forest Park Apartment
Kasa St. Louis Luxurious 2bd/2ba Forest Park Apartment
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Kasa St. Louis Luxurious 2bd/2ba Forest Park Apartment
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St. Louis Trendy 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment
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St. Louis Trendy 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment
Kasa St. Louis Lovely 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment
Kasa St. Louis Lovely 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment
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